2006 Domaine Drouhin Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1037753 93 points Wine & Spirits

 Fine-boned and elegant, this plum-scented Pinot is supported by sumptuous oak and a dusting of fine-grained earth. The ripe cherry flavor concentration feels as generous as it is poised, the finish graceful and lifted.  (6/2008)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Elegance is the keyword for all the wines of DDO, with the added bonus of structure that almost begs for cellaring. This lovely Pinot Noir effortlessly captures the essence of the grape without any heavy-handed oak, alcohol or over-ripeness. Truly Burgundian, a moderate 14% alcohol, it offers seamless integration of berry and plum fruit, natural acids and lightly applied oak accents of sandalwood and toasted cracker. (PG)  (4/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Crisp, with an open feel to the meaty cherry and blood orange flavors that persist nicely through a veil of fine tannins and linger on the refined finish. (HS)  (12/2008)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A relatively high-toned nose of red raspberry, cherry, cranberry and subtle herbal notes precede very fresh, bright and almost racy middle weight flavors that possess fine detail and good finishing energy and persistence. This is delicious, well balanced and while it doesn't have the weight or concentration of the Louise, it has more personality, at least at present.  (10/2008)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red color. Alluring red and dark berry scents are complicated by fresh rose, baking spices and minerals. Delicate and precise, offering zesty red fruit flavors and fine-grained tannins, with a brisk snap of blood orange on the back. Admirably understated, focused Pinot with impressive finishing cut and length. (JR)  (5/2008)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1